Tuesday, October 13, 2015

2015 Postseason Yankees Farm System Top 30 Rankings

by: Ben Embry (guest contributor from The Bronx Empire)

The Yankees farm system had a terrific year in 2015. Luis Severino forced his way to the Majors and met even the most optimistic fans' expectations. Greg Bird similarly arrived in the Bronx and quite possibly Wally Pipp'ed the team's All Star 1B stalwart Mark Teixeira, (ok probably not but on a team more progressive than the Yankees it might be possible). Slade Heathcott, Mason Williams, Rob Refsnyder and other prospects all gave the team strong contributions. The future is bright. Ironically this will result in the farm system being ranked lower next year than it did at the beginning of 2015 because Severino and Bird graduated due to their service time in August and September.  This just goes to show: farm system rankings aren't the end-all-be-all.

First, before the rankings I have a disclosure: I am not a scout. I do not communicate directly with scouts. I do not regularly watch the prospects in person, on television, or on the Internet. My opinions are informed by websites and publications such as Baseball America, Fangraphs, and ESPN.com and interactions with fans and writers on social media. I am simply a fan who is expressing his opinion; take it for what it's worth.

Ok, here are the Yankees' top 30 prospects:
Rank Name POS
1 Aaron Judge RF
2 Jorge Mateo SS
3 Gary Sanchez C
4 James Kaprielian SP
5 Wilkerman Garcia SS/3B
6 Domingo Acevedo SP
7 Jacob Lindgren RP
8 Rob Refsnyder 2B/LF
9 Eric Jagielo 3B/1B
10 Rookie Davis SP
11 Tyler Wade SS
12 Ian Clarkin SP
13 Hoy-Jun Park SS
14 Miguel Andujar 3B
15 Abiatal Avelino SS/2B
16 Luis Torrens C
17 Jake Cave CF
18 Mason Williams CF
19 Brady Lail SP
20 Angel Aguilar SS/3B
21 Slade Heathcott CF
22 Drew Finley SP
23 Domingo German SP
24 Dustin Fowler CF/RF
25 Austin DeCarr SP
26 Juan de Leon CF/RF
27 Dermis Garcia 3B
28 Leonardo Molina CF
29 Thairo Estrada SS
30 Nelson Gomez 3B
Let's compare the last list to this one.  First, players who were in the previous rankings but not this one, (including previous ranking):

1. Luis Severino (graduated)
4. Greg Bird (graduated)
22. Kyle Holder (out of top 30)

And now, the players who were not in the previous ranking but are now in this one, (including current ranking):

5. Wilkerman Garcia
14. Hoy Jun-Park
30. Nelson Gomez

For those who like deep dives, here's a top 30 hitters list:

Rank Player Position Born
1 Aaron Judge RF 1992
2 Jorge Mateo SS 1995
3 Gary Sanchez C 1992
4 Wilkerman Garcia SS/3B 1998
5 Rob Refsnyder 2B/LF 1991
6 Eric Jagielo 3B/1B 1992
7 Tyler Wade SS 1994
8 Hoy-Jun Park SS 1996
9 Miguel Andujar 3B 1995
10 Abiatal Avelino SS/2B 1995
11 Luis Torrens C 1996
12 Jake Cave CF 1992
13 Mason Williams CF 1991
14 Angel Aguilar SS/3B 1995
15 Slade Heathcott CF 1990
16 Dustin Fowler CF/RF 1994
17 Juan de Leon CF/RF 1998
18 Dermis Garcia 3B 1998
19 Leonardo Molina CF 1997
20 Thairo Estrada SS 1996
21 Nelson Gomez 3B 1997
22 Jhalan Jackson OF 1993
23 Kyle Holder SS 1994
24 Tyler Austin RF/1B 1991
25 Ben Gamel RF 1992
26 Miguel Flames C/3B 1997
27 Diego Castillo SS/2B 1997
28 Trey Amburgey OF 1994
29 Alexander Palma RF 1995
30 Tony Renda 2B 1991

And now, the pitchers:

Rank Player Position Born
1 James Kaprielian SP 1994
2 Domingo Acevedo SP 1994
3 Jacob Lindgren RP 1993
4 Rookie Davis SP 1993
5 Ian Clarkin SP 1995
6 Brady Lail SP 1993
7 Drew Finley SP 1996
8 Domingo German SP 1992
9 Austin DeCarr SP 1995
10 Jordan Montgomery SP 1992
11 Cale Coshow SP/RP 1992
12 Jonathan Holder SP 1993
13 Jeff Degano SP 1992
14 Simon de la Rosa SP 1993
15 Ty Hensley SP 1993
16 Vicente Campos SP/RP 1992
17 Nick Rumbelow RP 1991
18 Nick Goody RP 1991
19 James Pazos RP 1991
20 Josh Rogers SP 1994
21 Tyler Webb RP 1990
22 Gilmael Troya SP/RP 1997
23 Alexander Vargas SP 1997
24 Johnny Barbato RP 1992
25 Luis Cedeno SP/RP 1994
26 Jordan Foley SP/RP 1993
27 Chance Adams RP 1994
28 Miguel Sulbaran SP/RP 1994
29 Chaz Hebert SP 1992
30 Caleb Smith SP/RP 1991

Well, let me know what you think. My Twitter handle is @thebronxempire and my email is bembry24@gmail.com. I'll update the list this fall after the season. Ok, have a good day!


  1. Not that I disagree with any of this, because WOW what a great post, but I do wonder what made you rank certain players in certain places.

    For instance, Wilkerman Garcia over Domingo Acevedo?
    Having Tony Renda as the 30th best hitter?

    FYI I love the Park ranking. Would like to see Rookie Davis higher but the only player you can make a true case over in Jagielo and what's one spot.. right?

    Great work Ben. GREAT work.

  2. That was a lot of work Ben, very good work at that...thank you!

    I think it is very subjective but, then again not much would change...well maybe one or two, but one place up or down means very little. Next year is the year I am looking forward to, let's see how many improve their standings and by how much!

    Jorge Mateo should be marked as SS/2nd baseman...he has been working out in both places.

    1. Reed I don't see Mitchell on there unless I am overlooking it.

    2. Mitchell is missing, you're right. Mitchell is better than a lot of the guys on the Top 30 pitchers... it was an obvious oversight.

    3. As I am not tied to one player, I didn't notice he wasn't there, I was looking at those that were there to be critiqued. Now that you guys have mentioned it...I object to the whole list and think it is a waste of time and money!

      Just kidding Ben!


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